The History of Leith

November 3, 2012

Bailie’s Court

In Bailie’s Court, in this quarter, lived Robert
Bruce, Lord Kennet, 4th July, 1764, successor on
the bench to Lord Prestongrange, and who died
in 1786. This court—latterly a broker’s yard for
burning bones—and Allison’s Close, which adjoins
it—a damp and inconveniently filthy place, though
but a few years ago one of the most picturesque
alleys in the Cowgate—are decorated at their
entrances with passages from the Psalms, a custom
that superseded the Latin and older legends towards
the end of the seventeenth century.

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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